Confirmed: Massive drug bust in Kingston





Cocaine with a street value of over $50 million was seized by the police at the Kingston Freezone yesterday. The cocaine valued at approximately $53.6 million was found in 52 packages by customs officials in a container at the facility. No one was arrested in connection with the drug bust.



  
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Doping sample flaws led to VCB clearance – CAS

Doping sample flaws led to VCB clearance – CAS
Jamaican female sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown’s appeal against a ruling handed down by a local panel, was upheld due to possible ‘environmental contamination’ of her urine sample according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Sport’s highest appeal body stated this in a release issued today, where it outline ‘deplorable’ mistakes made by officials of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO), in its collection of Campbell-Brown’s first partial sample. According to CAS, the sample could have been contaminated by sweat or water filled with a banned substance. CAS stated that the JAAA, “has persistently failed to comply” with global standards. The two time Olympic 200m champion was found guilty by a tribunal last month into her positive test for the banned diuretic Lasix, but was later cleared to compete, however the IAAF provisionally suspended her, and she then filed an appeal which was then upheld by the CAS.
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Security forces conduct operations in Fletcher’s Land

A Joint police-military operation is now being conducted in the Fletcher’s Land community in Kingston. Operations by the security forces began from as early as 6 am this morning, where they mounted massive roadblocks and searches. The increased security presence comes after three separate shooting incidents between last week Wednesday and on Saturday, where four men were shot, one fatally, in the Western Kingston community.
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PM condemns latest reported cases of child abuse

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has made another blistering condemnation of those who continue to abuse the nation’s children. She said abuse does not lead to improved behavior by the child, but to rebellion. “I am appealing to all Jamaicans, and I am appealing to communities to look out for the children,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. The Prime Minister noted that there are too many instances of child abuse. “Children are God’s gift to mothers and fathers. We have a responsibility to see to the care and protection of children. (If) you know you are not going to take care of them, (if) you know that you are not going to love them, don’t …try to have any. You can’t bring children into the world to abuse them, to mistreat them,” she said. The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address on April 12 at the official handing over of the Rocky Point market, in South East Clarendon. The facility was constructed at a cost of approximately $50 million.
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Reggae music exec nabbed by US Federal Marshalls

Kevin Reynolds a reggae music executive at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution was captured by US federal marshalls after eluding law enforcement for 12 years according to the NY Post. Reynolds who was wanted for the fatal shooting of Winston King in Silver Spring acquired a new identity and established a music company which has offices in New York and Jamaica, under the name “Dennis Graham”. The accused was captured at JFK airport on Sunday. He is now set to be extradited to Maryland to face murder charges.
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Lionfish population down in J'can waters

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting a 66 per cent reduction in sightings of the ferocious Pacific lionfish in Jamaican waters. This was achieved under the recently concluded Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) project, which was launched four and half years ago. The lionfish is a voracious predator, believed to have entered Caribbean waters from a protected environment in the United States after a natural disaster in 1992. By 2006, experts said, they could be found on almost every reef in Jamaica. Their population can be as high as 250 lionfish per hectare – a situation which has been threatening smaller marine fish, shrimp, crabs, and other crustaceans on which they prey. However, over the course of the past four year, under the National Lionfish Project, targeted removal strategies have seen the population in frequently visited areas reduced significantly. It is now down to approximately 80 lionfish per hectare in some areas.
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Companies urged to place more emphasis on branding

Companies are being urged to place more emphasis on branding, particularly the goods and services they produce, to achieve large returns. Making the call, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commence, Anthony Hylton, emphasised that branding should not be an add-on exercise, but a position that involves both leadership and staff. He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of J. Wray and Nephew’s corporate office, in New Kingston, on April 10. The Minister argued that there is great power in brand identity, to capture consumers, break into new markets, and to make a “greater return on investment”.
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$110M worth of cocaine seized in Caribbean by US Coast Guard

$110M worth of cocaine seized in Caribbean by US Coast Guard
Over 7,275 pounds of cocaine was seized during two operations by the United States Coast Guard in the Caribbean Sea. The cocaine seizures are worth a combined $110 million dollars, and they part of the Coast Guard’s Operation Martillo, an international effort targeting cocaine shipments heading to the United States, via Miami. According to the US Coast Guard, the cocaine is now being offloaded at its base in Miami Beach by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare.
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T&T's Arthur NR Robinson has died

T&T's Arthur NR Robinson has died
Former President and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Arthur NR Robinson has died at the age of 87, according to local media in the twin-island republic. Mr. Robinson died at 6 am this morning at the St. Clair medical centre. A government spokesperson told the Trinidad Express that a State Funeral is being planned for Mr. Robinson.
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Pistorius unable to look at graphic photo of Girlfriend

Pistorius unable to look at graphic photo of Girlfriend
Murder accused Oscar Pistorius was brought to anger and tears in a Pretoria High Court today, when Prosecutor Gerrie Nel nicknamed the “Bull Dog”, attempted to force the Paralympic star to view a picture of Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied head. Nel questioned Pistorius to compare it to an exploding watermelon that the accused filmed shooting at. Pistorius refused to look at the photograph that was displayed beside him, “I will not look at a picture of where I am tormented by what I saw," he declared. The attorney for accused jumped to his feet and stated that the action by Nel was “uncalled for”. The accused began crying and the presiding Judge adjourned the matter for Pistorius to compose himself.
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Damage to JUTC buses estimated at J$2.5M

Damage to JUTC buses estimated at J$2.5M
Chairman of the state-owned company the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC), Reverend Garnett Roper has revealed that the total cost of damage to buses in recent attacks is estimated at J$2.5 million. According to Rev. Roper, the vandalism included the smashing of the windscreens of two of the buses, breaking of two side windows in one of the buses, smashing of a door and tampering with the engines of two of the buses. He stated that the JUTC thanked the quick action of the police which resulted in the arrests of a number of persons. The JUTC Chairman also wished to remind everyone that its assets are acquired with the taxpayer’s money and that it is the people of the country who feel the loss brought about by actions of the culprits who attack our buses.
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Over 6.39 million Vehicles recalled by Toyota

Over 6.39 million Vehicles recalled by Toyota
More than 6.39 million vehicles globally have been recalled by Toyota for a myriad of problems. This was another blow to the world’s largest automaker’s already damaged reputation for safety and quality. Shares in Toyota fell sharply in Tokyo as it suffered a 3.07% drop to close at $53.
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Multiple injuries after stabbing at office building in Toronto

One person is now in custody after multiple persons were left with stab wounds during an attack at an office building in North Toronto, Canada today. The incident took place at 9:35 am (local time) on the fifth floor on Yonge Street. A total of four persons were taken to hospital, with two suffering serious injuries. A motive for the attack remains unknown.
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20 wounded in Pennsylvania school bloodbath

Around twenty persons inbcluding students were injured at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA, when a male suspect attacked them with a sharp weapon. Some of the students ranging from ages 14 to 17 sustained life threatening injuries, and are being treated at a medical facility.
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Suspect held after three houses gutted by fire in Denham Town

Three houses located along Race Course Lane in the Denham Town area, Kingston, were destroyed by fire last night. Reports are that one male suspect has been held in connection with the blaze. The man is accused of setting one house on fire before he left the scene, and he was picked by members of the Denham Town Police for questioning. No casualties were reported, and the estimated loss in the blaze is unknown.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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Will Usain's 'Mobot' Pose After Winning the 4x100m Relay At The London 2012 Olympics Cost Him?

Trademarking a Pose, Can you? - Image and Branding The famous Mobot Pose - In honour of Mo Farah One of the biggest issues in the world
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J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?

J$3 Million Phone Bill for Government Minister ?
A Cabinet Minister racked up an over JA$3 million cellular phone bill with taxpayers having to pony up the cash soon. The massive bill was
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"24 Things I wished I knew before getting pregnant"

So, I’m browsing the internet minding my own business when I stumbled upon new research which shows that women lose 90% of their eggs at
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